Feeding Alligators

By Cane River Waterway Commission

When you feed Alligators, it causes the alligator to lose their natural fear of humans and to associate humans with food.  Normally alligators will avoid humans, but if an alligator has been fed by humans, they will be more likely to move toward humans and could potentially become aggressive. Not all alligators are considered nuisance alligators.  The mere presence of an alligator dose not qualify it as a nuisance, even if it is located in an unexpected place.  Most alligators, if left alone, will move on.  Alligators that have loss their natural fear of humans are considered nuisance alligators and are to be reported to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Alexandria offices 318-487-5885 or 24 hour hot line operation game thief 1-800-442-2511. Never make the mistake of thinking that an alligator is slow and lethargic.  Alligators are extremely quick and agile and will defend themselves when cornered.  They can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances on land.  Closely supervise children when playing in or around water, never swim at night or during dusk or dawn when alligators are most actively feeding.  Never kill, harass, molest or attempt to move alligators as it is against State law.  Please remember that throwing fish scraps/crawfish heads into the water or leaving them on shore will have the same result as intentionally feeding alligators.  From March 26 to June 6, 2019 there have been 19 nuisance alligator complaints for Natchitoches parish. Nuisance hunter reports capturing 18 alligators with 5 alligators removed from the river that were between 6’ to  8’.  Enjoy viewing and photographing wild alligators from a safe distance of at least 50’ or more.  Remember that they’re an important part of Louisiana’s natural history, as well as an integral component of many wetland ecosystems.